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If you like to see your wood furniture shine with that deep glowing luster only a natural polish can give, you will want to try your hand at making your own, old fashioned, scented polish. It's very easy to make, too.

Scented Beeswax and Turpentine Polish

3 oz. natural beeswax
3/4 cup pure turpentine
20 drops of cedarwood oil
10 drops of sandalwood oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil

Grate the beeswax coarsely with a hand grater and place in a screw-top jar. Pour the turpentine on it, screw the lid on and let it sit for a week, stirring occasionally. Then add the essential oils and mix them well. Now it is ready to use. Apply the polish to your furniture with a soft cloth, let dry a few minutes. Then buff vigorously with a dry, soft dust cloth. Now smile at your reflection in the deep, lustrous shine of your coffee table! A little mixing, a little buffing, and you can be proud of yourself! Makes 1 cup.

Country Furniture Reviver

If you use this traditional, old country recipe to loosen dirt and grime, you will be feeding the wood at the same time. Once the surface is thoroughly cleaned, you can return to your conventional polish. Apply with a soft cloth, let sit for 5 minutes, then wipe off with a second cloth.

1 cup malt vinegar
1 cup pure turpentine
1 cup raw linseed oil
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Place all ingredients into a large jar with a screw top. Seal. Shake well to mix. Label jar clearly. Use whenever there is a grime build up on your furniture, but use sparingly, since frequent usage will remove the layers of polish.

Malt vinegar is an effective household cleaner. Used full strength, it will make your windows and mirrors sparkle!